The Claw Mini then is a sensible, practical, affordable, and nearly the all-you-need motorcycle tail bag. It’s easy to roll-up and pack away when not in use, and it’s easy to carry around too; even when loaded. The only thing that didn’t sit well with me is how it looks on the bike. And, for that reason I would prefer the Element as my stay-on-the-bike tail bag instead of the Mini.
Now, to the question that has kept me awake many nights (not literally, of course, I do have a life) - Claw or Claw Mini…
Think power to weight. Now, the power of a motorcycle once you have bought it isn’t going to climb. But, the more you load it up, the worse the power to weight is going to get. Not only is it going to affect the motorcycle’s performance in terms to acceleration and ride-ability, and in fact fuel efficiency, it will also take a toll on the bikes handling and braking.
But, if there’s space, we might as well use it, correct? Sure, we might need three T-shirts for a trip, but if I have the Claw instead of the Mini, and with it more space, why shouldn’t I carry twice as many? After all, I could spill coffee on my Tee early morning requiring a complete wardrobe change. So, I must have it with me, especially if I have the space.
But, why just clothes; why shouldn’t I carry five extra tools, maybe a few extra cables, and more food. One always needs food. And it’s a valid argument, because even though carrying extra stuff might spoil my ride, at least I am prepared for armageddon.
But what if I had a smaller bag. Not small, but smaller. Think the Claw Mini. A bag that would allow me to carry the essentials, maybe a few extra, but certainly not the world. And so what if have to pay nearly same as the big bag. I am after all paying for quality and build and practicality and usability, plus ease of installing and its waterproof nature, which doesn’t really change with the bag’s ‘litre’ capacity.
The Claw Mini then, in our book, is the more sensible option contrary to popular belief. It makes you more efficient with packing. You don’t end up lugging around dead weight, which is all the stuff you’d never use on the trip. It’s still as practical. It keeps the overall weight down when fully loaded compared to the Claw. And with it, it makes for a nicer riding experience. Plus, you can leave the Mini on the bike because it looks much less ungainly than the Claw.
I wouldn’t, but then I am more Shallow Hal than Blind Al, so…
If you’d feel differently, however, do let us know.